Contest #8 Answer

Andy McAllister, who I have ever reason to believe steals candy from children, correctly guessed that the image was of Mount Merapi in Central Java, Indonesia. Merapi is a very active volcano looming over the large cities of Yogyakarta and Solo in Indonesia. I was rather stunned that anyone was able to get it that fast.

Mount Merapi - Yogyakarta, Indonesia (by Everything Everywhere)

Announcement: New Format

Starting with Contest #11, I’m going to introduce a new format. People are just too good at guessing and the contests go by before some people can even have a chance.

What I’m going to do is have each contest run for 72 hours. All comments will be moderated, so guess aren’t made public.

At the end of the contest, all the moderated comments will be made public and everyone who guesses correctly will be given credit.

I will also start keeping stats of people who guess correctly and keep a running scoreboard of winners. Eventually, I’d like to have prizes of some sort, but we’ll need more people playing to get to that point.

Contest #7 Answer

Curses!! I can’t believe the company which sold the photo gave it away that easy! Andy McAllister picks up the win the assist from Dr. Bayer. The answer is Timbuktu, Mali. One of the most important trading cities in Africa and one of the places most responsible for the spread of Islam in North Africa.

Timbuktu ( (by Aluka Digital Library)
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Contest #6 Answer

Contest #6 was won by the former Wisconsin State Debate Champion, the Honorable Doctor Benjamin Bayer PhD. The answer is the Dutch/Belgian enclaves/exclaves of Baarle-Hertog and Baarle-Nassau.

Seriously, guys. I thought this one would be much more difficult. I really need to think of something a bit harder.

Baarle (by giorgos_vr)

Contest #5 Answer

Contest #5 was won by Stephen Hope. I should have known better than to post something so unique and so…… New Zealand. The correct answer is Mount Egmont/Taranaki. The circle is because the park surrounding the mountain is defined by the radius from the peak. The dark green is forest and the light green are are farms surrounding the mountain.

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Contest #4 Answer

Kevin Lew is spoiling things for everyone. He is 2 for 2 now in correctly guessing that the answer to Contest #4 is the Green Sand Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The green in the green sand is the mineral olivine, which can be found in the volcanic rocks in Hawaii. The beach is very difficult to get to as there are no roads, no signs, and you have to climb down to get to the beach. It is the only one of its kind in the world.

I thought this one would take longer to solve. The gauntlet has been thrown….

Green Sand Beach Panorama - South Point, Big Island, Hawaii
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